By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
When you enter the Bowery Hotel where Kimora Lee Simmons held her Spring Summer 2018 collection viewing, you first hear the lilting sounds of a steel drum.
You pass through a darkened bar and exit into a sunlit, glass enclosed terrace where the designer has positioned models, including her daughter Ming Lee Simmons, in two rows on long white blocks.
On the far end of the space, opposite the models, a musician is playing the hang drum and serves pass hors d’oeuvres.
After a minute- a two lamb meatballs, the models were still standing there, just chilling in traditional tailoring with soft lines.
Dressed in deep, vibrant hues of blue, pink, magenta and green that hugged their silhouettes while still feeling fluid, they stood still, their faces relaxed, staring into the middle distance somewhere between the standing crowd and the skyline behind them.
After a few minutes, they exited, And then returned in new looks. Then more standing.
All these looked like an endurance test of some sort. With thoughts of last model standing but not yet.
Later Kimora herself came out, hugged her daughter, stood for photos and then the models left the risers.
The energy was surprisingly relaxed, it felt like a casual cocktail party at your most chic friend’s house. The collection, inspired by Simmons’ time in Morocco, matched this luxurious but light atmosphere.
Simmons circled the room, greeting attendees and hugging friends, including Miss J Alexander.
The drummer didn’t stop playing and everything was so sumptuous.
More photos in the slides above.
Photo credit: Kimora Lee Simmons, NYFW